College of Communication and the Arts

College of Communication and the Arts - About CoCA


Annual Edward C. Schmakel Homecoming Parade and Football Game, October, 2013 - Toledo vs Western Michigan

homecoming 2013 logo with shooting rocket over the moon and stars Rocket to the Moon, Stars and Beyond 90 years and still shining

CoCA's Outstanding Emerging Alum for 2013 is Phoebe Ballard

She received two degrees from the University of Toledo (BA, Art, 2000; M.ED, Educational Technology, 2006) and is a Senior Instructional Designer for UT Online/Learning Ventures. For the last 10 years she has assisted professors from all areas of the university to successfully design their online courses. Most recently, she was awarded the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award - Exemplary Course along with Instructor Seder Burns for the online course Art 1070, Fundamentals of Digital Media. Not only was their course chosen to receive an Exemplary Course Award but it was also a Directors Choice for Courses with Distinction. When her schedule allows, she also teaches courses for the Department of Art.

homecoming 2012 black and white logo with roaring lion_rocket under the big top

Homecoming is The University of Toledo's longest standing tradition and is cherished by Rockets of the past, present, and future.

The College of Communication and the Arts went "green" in 2012 with the Dean and Associate Dean riding bicycles and our outstanding alum, Dr. Kevin Hatch and his faculty sponsor, Dr. Richard Putney riding in pedicabs.

The pedicabs are owned and operated by Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs. Maxwell was awarded the inaugural Toledo SOUP grant at a community dinner on March 4, 2012. Glass City Pedicabs is a bicycle taxi company that provides transportation to the Downtown, Uptown and Warehouse District neighborhoods for games, bars, lunch hours and more. The three-wheeled bikes are non-motorized. For more information, visit

The College is proud to support his micro-financed company and the effort to "go green".

The UT Marching Band on the football field with Director, Jason Stumbo leading them, while standing on a ladder.

UT Marching Band performs at the Homecoming halftime, under the direction of Dr. Jason Stumbo.

Riding through the streets on the parade route, Kevin Hatch and Dick Putney in pedicabs and Associate Dean, Monsos wearing a cape and pedaling her way through the parade route.

Weaving their way through the streets in the Old Orchard neighborhood, the CoCA Homecoming collective enjoys a beautiful day and many laughs along the way as they throw blue and gold beads to the parade-goers.

Homecoming 2012, Dr. Kevin Hatch,PhD, Emerging Outstanding Alumnus, Art History

Outstanding Alumnus, Kevin Hatch, sitting in the back of a pedicab before the homecoming parade

Alumni Affiliate
Any UT alum is invited to join an alumni affiliate organization. Alumni affiliates provide social events, travel escapes and networking opportunities with other UT alumni. The Communication and the Arts Alumni Affiliate (CoCAAA) has hosted receptions, ice-skating events, group ticket discounts to area arts events and is currently considering a future travel/arts event to Chicago or Stratford for interested members.

To become involved in the Communication and the Arts Alumni Affiliate, or to join the steering committee in planning future events, contact Amanda Schwartz in the Office of Alumni Relations. 419.530.7859  

For more information about any of UT’s Alumni Affiliates, visit the UT Alumni Association website and click on Organizations.

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Associate Dean Monsos and Jeff Grilliot decorate a bike.

Faculty members of the College of Communication and the Arts pose for a shot witht he pedicab drivers, preparade action.

Last Updated: 5/13/16